Tigers host talented Melrose gymnastics team
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnastics team hosted the Melrose Area Dutchmen Friday, Feb. 1, a day after originally scheduled due to a weather-related postponement.
In the final West Central Conference dual meet of the season, the Tigers fell to Melrose 144.1-114.5.
“Melrose continues to be a very strong program,” said coach Trent Oberg. “This past season, the Lady Dutchmen won the Class A State team title, along with several individual medalists. So far this season, they are unbeaten in WCC action and are ranked very high at the state level.
“When you have a meet against them, it is hard not to watch them. The routines and skills that they perform are amazing. They are a very talented group.
“In preparation for the meet, we talked with the girls about giving it their all and to not worry about the ‘other’ team and their scores. Conference points were still up for grabs and we had our own goals to reach.
“Overall, we had a decent meet. With the crazy school schedule and weather earlier in the week, missing a practice the previous day, we did alright. I felt that the girls were off a little, especially on the bars. We had falls and stops that I have never seen before in the season. Having a team like Melrose in the gym, there can be some intimidation factors as well. It is a challenge to give it your all, when you know what the overall result might be. We are proud of the girls and the efforts that they gave during the meet.”
Varsity: Melrose Area 144.1, Morris/C-A 114.5
“Our bars set was not normal for us. The routines were not as solid as we have had in the past. There were stops and falls in places that we have never seen before. The girls were even shocked.
“We have been adding new combinations and skills to almost every routine, but it was the ‘old’ stuff that wasn’t working. We are hopeful to get the ‘bugs’ out of our routines soon.
“The West Central Conference Meet and Section 6A Meet are just around the corner. We have the potential do a nice job at these meets.
“We continue to improve and develop our tricks and skills. We have a goal of breaking 120 yet this season. I know it is possible.
“This was a tough meet for us to get an individual in the top five places. Kourtney Giese was able to earn a few more conference points with her fifth-place finishes on the vault, floor and in all-around.
“Mentally, this was a challenging meet for us. Melrose is a good team. The Tigers did a nice job. We will continue improving and work towards our team and individual goals as we head into the last weeks of our season.”
Junior Varsity: Melrose Area 117.6, Morris/C-A 94.75
The junior varsity recorded two ties of personal-best scores and set seven new personal-best scores in a 117.6-94.75 loss to Melrose.
“Eighth grader Noel Schieler has been fun to watch on bars these last few weeks. She has really been working hard on her routine and adding new tricks. Something has ‘clicked’ for her. The form and flow of her routine has come around. She has nearly doubled her bar score from the first part of the season. We know that she is having fun up there. When she finishes her routine, there is always a smile on her face. She set a new personal-best score of 6.1 that night, which earned her a fifth-place finish.
“Cassidy Fehr, Karli Siegel, and Katie Giese competed on vault for the first time in their Tiger gymnastics career. They did a nice job, even with my last minute decision. Melrose did not have a full JV load on vault, so I was able to fill the extra spots.”
Savannah Aanerud took fourth place on vault.